Spoilers for last night's "Fringe" coming up just as soon as I do a few magic tricks...
I never got around to reviewing last week's butterfly-and-frog extravaganza, which is a shame, because "Fringe" is on quite the little roll the last few episodes, isn't it? I actually watched it ahead of "House" last night, and in many ways have enjoyed it a lot more than "House" over this span.
("House" blogging to follow in a bit, so save all the Thirteen love or hatred until then.)
After dancing around the sci-fi stuff in the early episodes, we've now plunged deep into the skiffy waters with an hour featuring bank robbers who walk through walls and German master criminals who teleport out of the slammer (after first snapping his lawyer's neck and getting properly dressed in the poor bastard's clothes), not to mention the idea that Olivia has now bogarted a bunch of John Scott's memories. Given the show's premise, I think it's smart for the writers to more overtly embrace things that would have no business on, say, "Eleventh Hour."
The running subplot about Olivia having bits of John in her head (when she flashes back to John's memories, does she see herself there, or him?) has finally started giving Anna Torv something interesting to do. The scene last week where Olivia confessed to Charlie that this work could be literally making her crazy was Torv's best of the series, and the scene at the bar last night was the first time she displayed any personality trait other than "stoic and determined." (And am I the only one who spent much of that scene wondering whether Olivia was sharing things about herself or things she had taken from John?)
And the Walter/Peter relationship is really clicking now. I loved all of their scenes last night -- Peter trying to explain the concept of big box stores to Walter, Walter being delighted by Peter's magic, Peter figuring out ways to phrase questions so they'll penetrate Walter's usual mental fog -- and with or without Olivia, I'd be happy to watch a weekly installment of The Battling Bishops.
What did everybody else think? It's getting much better, right?